View Poll Results: Solve this equation: 8 ų 2(2+2) =

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Thread: Math problem gone viral

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    Math problem gone viral

    This tweet came out a couple days ago, and since then it's gone viral.


    Some say 1, some say 16. It depends how you interpret the order of operations. Also, both sides are mostly quite certain (although there is a third faction that says that either could be correct and that the equation is poorly written and ambiguous).

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    There is a lot of discuss about PEMDAS vs. BODMAS but I say they're interpreting both of those wrong. Properly interpreted, those two don't differ on the multiplication/division order. But people seem to think they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    This tweet came out a couple days ago, and since then it's gone viral.


    Some say 1, some say 16. It depends how you interpret the order of operations. Also, both sides are mostly quite certain (although there is a third faction that says that either could be correct and that the equation is poorly written and ambiguous).
    The question IS poorly written to imply that the parentheses should be multiplied before the division but it is only an implication.
    16 is the correct answer.

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    Yes, the equation is poorly written and the correct answer is 16. Google usually corrects these implications in their calculator and they correct it in this one:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=8%2F...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    If you type in "8/2*(2+2)" the result corrects it to "(8/2)*(2+2)"
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